Trail Talk

IN Bloom: Roses

June 8, 2015

Roses have been a popular addition to gardens for at least 5,000 years. Throughout history, roses have been used as confetti at celebrations, for medicinal purposes, as a source of perfume, and even as legal tender. Today’s gardeners can choose from thousands of varieties and forms of roses, from elegant tea roses, to climbing roses, to the ever-popular long-stem roses. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is home to Rosa rugosa, an upright, rounded shrub that grows 4-6 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide and can be found along Washington Street and Virginia Avenue. These Rugosa roses have fragrant blooms starting in late spring...

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Bioswales: Sustainability Along the Cultural Trail

June 2, 2015

Beyond its intrinsic value as an active transportation and recreational asset for residents and visitors, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail plays a big part in the greening of downtown Indianapolis. More Planters, Less Runoff Before the Trail, there was concrete, inherently impervious and a collector of automotive pollution, which runs off to stormwater drains and ultimately, the city’s water supply after a heavy rain. After Trail construction, there are over 25,000 square feet of new stormwater planters, or bioswales. Below is a great video that shares many of the sustainability initiatives along the Trail, including the use of stormwater planters. x https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKdbUfnze5E What...

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Tales from the Trail: Meet Karissa Hulse

May 26, 2015

You meet the most interesting people along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Here’s one now: Karissa Hulse, Director of Programs and Community Partnerships at IndyHub, wife to Brett and mother to Charlie.   How does the Indy Cultural Trail connect you to the city? ​Home, my work, my son’s childcare, our church — most of my daily life happens within a few blocks of the Cultural Trail so it is quite literally how I navigate the city. During the workdays, I intentionally try to plan meetings near the Trail. And on weekends, my husband, Brett, and I will often go walk on...

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IN Bloom: Lilacs

May 19, 2015

Coming into bloom this May–Lilacs!  The Palibin Variety (a.k.a Korean lilac) is found in several locations along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and in mass along the Glick Peace Walk. These fragrant shrubs are great for any landscape. In spring, the large clusters of blooms fill the air with a sweet perfume-like fragrance. The Korean lilac likes dry to medium, well-drained soil; it can tolerate light shade but blooms better in full sun. It is a compact shrub that matures to a 4-5 feet in both width and height and the colors range from white to purple. It is a perfect choice for...

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National Bike to Work Day is May 15

May 14, 2015

The team at ICT, Inc. will take part in National Bike to Work Day tomorrow, May 15, to create awareness for bicycle commuting, as well as to serve as a reminder about just how much fun it is to ride a bike. Our friends at PeopleForBikes, whose mission is to make bike riding better for everyone, recently polled their over one million members to help describe “the kind you biking you do regularly, mostly for transportation, without thinking much about it.” No spandex, just normal everyday clothes. You, moving from point A to B. Just getting the business of life–work, errands, groceries–done...

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Everybody Rides: Bikeshare For All

May 12, 2015

On May 6, ICT, Inc. hosted an event at the Platform to celebrate the Everybody Rides program, which was launched as part of the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare in 2014 to make sure everyone in the downtown Indianapolis community, regardless of income level, is aware of the benefits and has access to the quick and easy transportation offered by Indiana Pacers Bikeshare, a program of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. Accessible, Affordable Transportation What began as a pilot program in Barton Towers and Barton Annex has now been expanded to several of the downtown Indianapolis Housing Agency (IHA) properties; IU Health...

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Kick Off Bike Month with Spring Maintenance

May 5, 2015

by Jordan Kingdon, Operations Manager, ICT, Inc. The weather has finally broken just in time for May and National Bike Month! It’s time to ride! But first, let me share some cycling tips for the spring. It’s important to evaluate your bike and wardrobe before swinging a leg over and pedaling into the sunset. First let’s start with your bike. The last thing you want is a bike issue on your first ride of the season. Here are some simple tasks you can do on your own to ensure a good experience. Air Up Your Tires I recommend using a hand pump...

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Unicorn Bikes. It’s a Thing. No, Really, It Is.

April 29, 2015

Be the first to ride the new “Indy Welcomes All” #IndyBlueBike unveiled last week at the Pacers Bikeshare One-year Birthday Party.   What Exactly is a Unicorn Bike? It’s mysterious and magical and only a chosen few will ever get the chance to see or ride it! Among the 250 yellow bikes, one blue bike will stand above the rest, proudly displaying its “Indy Welcomes All” decoration and demonstrating our City’s commitment to inclusivity and Hoosier Hospitality. ICT, Inc. is continuing in the tradition of other bikeshare transit systems by specially decorating one bike in our fleet for a very...

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Pacers Bikeshare Turns One!

April 24, 2015

by Kären Haley, Executive Director, ICT, Inc. It’s been one year since the vibrant gold bikes that comprise the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program made their first appearance in downtown Indianapolis. We are proud to report that the bikeshare program has made downtown Indianapolis a better place to live, work and play. Success on Two Wheels Over the past year, the citizens of Indianapolis adopted the bikeshare as their own, and shared it with family, friends and visitors. Yes, thousands of people have taken rides on the bikes, but the year has provided other milestones as well. Along the Trail, we’ve...

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Tales from the Trail

April 20, 2015

Welcome to our new Trail Talk blog! We are dedicated to sharing stories of the many interesting people, places and things along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick®. First, a Little About Us The non-profit Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. (ICT, Inc.), your blog host, was established in 2010  and we are here to ensure that the Trail remains a beautifully maintained and vibrant community asset connecting people and place in downtown Indianapolis. Last April, ICT, Inc. introduced Pacers Bikeshare and we proudly celebrated over 100,000 rides in less than a year. If you want to...

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